Synopses & Reviews
Even though feminine values have always been at the core of Christianity, its long history has often ignored or marginalized womenand#8217;s key role in it. Margaret Starbirdand#8217;s unique view from the feminine perspective serves the need many are feeling to search their traditional faith for fresh meaning and inspiration in these difficult times. Could Mary Magdalene have been Jesusand#8217; wife? Starbird explores this possibility and the and#147;sister-bridesand#8221; who accompanied male disciples to forge a new understanding of gender-based faith and of sacred marriage with the Divine. She also gives us the rich heritage of stories about womenand#8217;s generous service and encouragement for the inner journey, ranging all the way from little-known early saints to Mother Theresa. She points out that fundamental Christian values such as compassion, reconciliation, and the healing of crippled bodies and broken hearts are all strongly feminine in nature. Her view, though, is cooperative rather than contentious: She aims, not to discredit the masculine, but to right the missing gender balance she finds inherent in the faith. Distribution is limited to North America.
Feminine values have always been at the core of Christianity. The women who have profoundly influenced Christianity throughtout history as well as the challenges and opportunities women face within the religion today.
Feminine values have always been at the core of Christianity. Gender equality was part of Jesus' original radical concept, and in the Gospels, he entrusts some of his most profound revelations to women. Moreover, the earliest sacred texts celebrate Many Magdalene as the "first lady" and Jesus' wife. Yet few have focused on the central role women have played in the religion since its beginning, even though their messages are as relevant now as they were two thousand years ago. Accessible and inviting, this book rights the balance. Its focus is the women who have profoundly influenced Christianity throughout history as well as the challenges and opportunities women face within the religion today.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 124-125) and index.